Party Earth Review A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights. A... ... read full review
2200 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton
M, Sa 10pm–4am, F 11pm–4am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
A former live jazz club and restaurant, Green Dolphin Street was re-imagined in 2010 when it traded in its trumpets and snare drums for a lineup dedicated exclusively to house and hip-hop DJs and LGBT-themed nights.
A cavernous space consisting of five rooms and two expansive dance floors, the venue attracts a late-night crowd of open-minded clubbers and bedazzled drag queens who show up already primed for dancing to the bass-heavy beats dished out by two separate DJs.
Dolled-up patrons fuel up at the two large bars before hitting the floor, or lounge on black leather couches to shout over the music or watch looped videos of abstract art and photographs playing on the scattered TVs.
At some point in the wee hours, sweeping red curtains part to reveal a third and even larger sunken dance floor and stage, where another DJ whips the diverse crowd of eccentric club goers and flamboyant gay couples into a party frenzy.
Those looking for a respite from the pounding beats can make their way to the small and relatively quieter lounge area that connects the upper dance floors, or venture farther back to an outside patio.
A favorite of the LGBT community, Green Dolphin Street is a spacious haven of dance and diversity.
Diverse mix of clubbers, drag queens, local DJs, and avant-garde artists, mid-20s to late 40s.
LGBT-themed house music night on Mondays, gay-centric hip-hop night on Fridays, straight-centric hip-hop night on Saturdays. Nearly a dozen TVs showcasing abstract videos and digital photographs.
Cover charge $10–$20. Beer $3–$8, cocktails $7–$10, shots $7–$10, wine $8, bottle service $150–$300.
Club attire to dressy: cocktail dresses, minis, heels, and nice jewelry for women, button-downs, slacks, ties, and sweater vests for men. Monday nights: bright colors, neon tutus, full face makeup, and costume jewelry. Dress code on Friday and Saturday: no hats, no athletic gear.
Around 1am on Fridays and Saturdays after other area bars start closing down, and Mondays for the popular Boom Boom Room LGBT-themed night.
Pequod’s Pizza (2207 North Clybourn Ave) is renowned for its deep dish pizzas, and stays open late to feed the Dolphin crowd.